- Paperback: 217 pages
- Publisher: Fons Vitae; 1st edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887752412
- ISBN-13: 978-1887752411
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,855,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sacred Art in East and West, 1st Edition (Wisdom Foundation Series) Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Again and again one has the impression that ... [Burckhardt] has "said the last word" on [the subject of sacred art]. -- Martin Lings,former Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts at the British Museum, review article in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
His bearing, modesty and natural reticence hid his great stature as an artist, scholar, and man of wisdom. -- Keith Critchlow, author of Islamic Patterns: An Analytical and Cosmological Approach
No one since the legendary A[nanda] Coomaraswamy has been able to demonstrate how entire civilizations define themselves through their art. -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions and Why Religion Matters
The total sincerity and clarity of exposition ... cannot but attract the reader to That Itself from which these truths radiate. -- Jean-Claude Petitpierre, colleague of Titus Burckhardt
This book ... is a treasure and should be on the shelves of every teacher of art and ... art student today. -- Emma Clark, author of Underneath Which Rivers Flow: The Symbolism of the Islamic Garden
About the Author
Titus Burckhardt, son of Swiss sculptor Carl Burckhardt and great nephew of famous art historian Jacob Burckhardt, was born in Florence in 1908. His youth was devoted to studies in art, art history, and oriental languages, and to journeys through North Africa and the Near East. In 1942, he became director of the Graf-Verlag publishing house, which specialized in facsimile editions of ancient manuscripts. He presided over the interesting series Statten des Geistes (Homesteads of the Spirit) covering Mount Sinai, Celtic Ireland, and Constantinople. To this he contributed two of his own works, Siena: City of the Virgin and Chartres and the Genesis of the Gothic Cathedral.
In 1972 he was appointed to UNESCO for the preservation of the ancient city of Fez, and at the same time, immersed himself in the Arabic language and assimilated the classics of Sufism in their original form. He later shared these treasures through his translations of Ibn Arabi's Letters of a Sufi Master and other works. He died in 1984.
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I want to thank you prof. Burckhardt... may you soul rest in perfumed peace wherever you might be!